Venice

Restaurants in Venice

It's easy to pay handsomely for a bad meal in Venice. There are lots of restaurants in Venice that target only tourists and meal prices stay high since the city consistently draws so many people from all over the world. Seafood in general is done very well and tasty tramezzini sandwiches can be found practically everywhere. Bacari, or bars serving food, are a great option for small plates and wine. After dinner, we recommend a walk down the piazza to Pasticceria Tonolo, a bakery that's been whipping up delicious cakes topped with crystallized fruits for more than 120 years. Here are three of the best restaurants in Venice among hundreds of options.

Al Pontil Dea Giudecca—This Venice restaurant serves only three lunch dishes that change daily. Their home-cooked Italian meals just may be one of the best you ever eat.
Anice Stellato—North of the city, this locally beloved bacaro serves perfectly spiced fish.
El Pecador—Based out of a red double-decker bus, El Pecador prepares some of the tastiest sandwiches in the city.

Expect a wait at this hole-in-the-wall gelato parlor where owner Carlo Pistacchi serves up his unusual flavors of gelato—artichoke, fig, and ginger.

From Food +  Wine: Longtime Harry's Bar manager Lucio Zanon brought glamour and great food back to this former celebrity stomping ground with a stunning restoration in 2000.

The bar and restaurant near Teatro La Fenice eschews typically fusty Venetian ambience in favor of spider-web metal chairs, a chameleon-hued backlit bar, and a loud sound system. Dinner and after-theatre snacks are served until 2 a.m.

With only 24 seats and a strong following, getting a reservation can be a challenge, but if you succeed, you'll be rewarded with fresh seafood—including seasonal specialties like tiny softshell crabs—a varied wine list, and friendly service.

Only those in the know will find their way to this hidden gem within a maze of winding alleys. Over the past couple of years the portions have become less generous, but antipasti such as sour eggplant and creamed codfish are among the best in town.

Venetians have strong opinions when it comes to their favorite bacaro (wine bar), where the cicheti (small plates similar to tapas) can be an appetizer or a dinner.

Venice’s most authentic osteria. Inside, patrons fill up on Venetian cicheti such as lightly spiced meatballs, a pre-dinner favorite.